Models of mentorship in nursing R&D.

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Background: Mentorship is an important mechanism for developing new talent in any discipline. A review of the literature found few examples of successful models of mentorship for nursing research and development internationally. The aim of this work stream was to develop a model of mentorship for nursing research in Northern Ireland that was based on best practice. Approach: In order to develop an evidence based programme of mentorship for nurse researchers semi-structured interviews with (n= 5?) identified experts were conducted and transcribed prior to qualitative analysis. Findings: It was evident from the data that most of these experts in R&D had a wide variety of career histories and that they attributed their success to many different issues. Most described the personal difficulties and challenges they had encountered in their career and outlined a number of different strategies by which they had negotiated these. The Clinical Academic Careers Framework was highlighted as one potential mechanism for developing improved mentorship but all participants stressed that this should not be the only initiative we rely on as a profession. There was recognition that health care trusts and professional organisations must see a tangible benefit in employing nurses with advanced R&D skills if they are going to invest in their development. This will require more integration of HPSS priorities into nursing R&D programmes. Individual nurses need to spot opportunities, develop stronger networking ability, and creatively source funding opportunities in order to develop a career in nursing R&D. Conclusions: This paper draws on best evidence in the literature and the experience and views of recognized experts to develop salient features on which a mentorship model for nurse researchers can be built. Funding source: No Funding
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventRoyal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference 2010 - The Sage Gateshead, North East England , United Kingdom
Duration: 11 May 201013 May 2010


ConferenceRoyal College of Nursing International Nursing Research Conference 2010
Abbreviated titleRCN International Nursing Research Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityNorth East England
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